Author Laurence J. Brahm
Publisher • New World Press
Language English &Chinese
Page material gelatine plate paper
In a shop along the busy Barkor Street in Lhasa, Laurence J. Brahm stumbles upon an ancient Buddhist sutra, The Shambhala Sutra. His purchase of this ancient sutra sets him off on a journey in search of the mythical Shambhala, known to the west as “Shangri-La”. Following the sutra as a guide, Laurence ventures into some of the most remote places in Tibet. There, he meets monks, living Buddhas, nomads, and a Bodhisattva in disguise, who point out to him how they thought the road to Shambhala should be followed. Finally, the road leads him to Tashilumbo Monastery, where the Eleventh Panchen Lama resides and where The Shambhala Sutra calls home.
About the author
Laurence J. Brahm is a global activist dedicated to action initiatives for ethnic diversity and culturally sustainable develop-ment. A lawyer and economist by profession, he served as advisor to the governments of China, Laos, Vietnam, . Cambodia, and Mongolia on financial, banking and enterprise reform throughout the 1990s, advocating practical solutions to development as alternatives to those espoused by the Washington Consensus.
Since 2002 he has worked in the Himalayanplateau evolving new models of sensitive cultural and eco-tourism development through heritage restoration boutique inns, pioneering micro-equity projects for marginalized women and handicapped, together with rural medical and education outreach programs. With his advocacies and prominent stature in the region, he is considered as one of the pillars of the Himalayan Consensus. He is a founder of the Shambhala Studio.
Author of over twenty books on the Asian region, his work covers a wide spectrum from economic development reform in China and Southeast Asia, to Tibetan new age travel series which includes: Searching for Shangri-La, Conversations with Sacred Mountains, Shamb-hala, and New Age Sutra. He is a columnist and commentator for the South China Morning Post and Review Asia.
He also directs documentary films about Tibet, designs architecture and interiors, raises huskies, ranked a karate black belt, yoga and meditation practitioner. He resides in Lhasa and Beijing.
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